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The Luckiest Kid on the Planet

The Luckiest Kid on the Planet

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by Lisa Campbell Ernst, Lisa Campbell Ernst
     
 

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Lucky's grandfather calls him "the luckiest kid on the planet", and all his friends agree he's special. Fortune always smiles on Lucky . . . until the fateful day when a letter reveals that Lucky's real name is Herbert. Buoyantly humorous and wise to human foibles, this is a heartwarming story. Full color.

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Lucky's grandfather calls him "the luckiest kid on the planet", and all his friends agree he's special. Fortune always smiles on Lucky . . . until the fateful day when a letter reveals that Lucky's real name is Herbert. Buoyantly humorous and wise to human foibles, this is a heartwarming story. Full color.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"Ernst's sage commentary on the correlation between attitude and experience comes delightfully gift-wrapped, with well-timed comic writing and rounded, pastel cartoons glistening with good humor," said PW. Ages 3-7. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Bonnie Bruneau
Lucky Morgenstern feels like the luckiest kid on the planet because his name is "Lucky" and everything seems to be going right for him. If something great happens, it must be because his name is Lucky. His good fortune disappears when he learns that his real name is Herbert and that "Lucky" was just a nickname given to him by his grandfather. From then on, Herbert seems to be cursed with bad luck! Is he doomed to be the unluckiest kid on the planet forever?
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Lucky Morgenstern is so lucky that all the kids want to sit next to him, hoping some of his good luck will rub off, and he attributes his good fortune to the fact that his name is Lucky. One day, he receives a letter addressed to Herbert Morgenstern, which, he learns, is the name on his birth certificate, and ``...in the tiniest of seconds, Lucky wasn't.'' Life is suddenly horrible, and Herbert sends even his beloved grandfather away. Then the elderly man is sent to the hospital, and Herbert is forced to look beyond himself. This lively story of considering whether glasses are half full or half empty is loaded with energetic, full-color cartoon illustrations. Double-paged spreads bleed to the ends of pages, with text effectively placed either within the art or outside a casual, page-appropriate line border. Like many parables, this one is told in hyperbole. It's also entertaining, making the truth of Herbert's new maturity easy to appreciate. Great fun for read alouds or independent reading.-Carolyn Noah, Central Mass. Regional Library System, Worcester, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689824265
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
01/12/1999
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.01(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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'The Luckiest Kid on the Planet' by Lisa Campbell Ernst is a great book for children. There are two aspects of the book that allow it to be considered excellent. The pictures, by Lisa Campbell Ernst, correspond with the story and convey a visual experience for the child. Lucky, the main character of the book is a young child and his experience is one that is easy for children to understand and is simple to follow. This original publication is both written and illustrated by Lisa Campbell Ernst. The story focuses on Lucky, a young blonde boy with glasses. The illustrations convey Lucky's mood. Through out the first half of the story, when Lucky believes he is lucky, the illustrations are bright and the characters are always smiling. Lucky discovers that his real name is Herbert and his luck declines greatly. The illustrations depict Lucky as being sad and the illustrations are no longer colorful and bright. Each illustration corresponds with the words on each page and allows children to follow along with the story by just looking at the pictures. The story line is simple and easy for children to understand. Lucky¿s story begins by describing all of the good things that make him lucky. He is successful at fishing, playing checkers, and drawing. He has a hamster and his grandfather bakes cookies. Lucky is able to wake up in the morning and give many reasons as to why he is so lucky. One day he receives a letter from his Great Aunt Thema that is addressed to Herbert. He realizes that his name is not Lucky and his life takes a turn for the worse. Instead of being lucky, he is incredibly unlucky. He was no longer good at fishing, checkers and drawing. His hamster ran away, and his grandfather got sick. While Lucky/Herbert, is struggling with his streak of bad luck, his grandfather is trying to prove to him that he has something to be lucky about. It takes his grandfather getting sick for Lucky/Herbert to realize that he is the luckiest kid on the planet because of his grandfather. Children sometimes have bad luck. If they read this story, they can realize that everyone has bad luck sometimes and there is always something that makes them lucky. The illustrations and the story line convey the message that although we have unlucky times, we are all the luckiest kids on the planet for some reason, to all children. It is important for stories like this one to be so good because they help teach children life lessons. Children can relate to all Lucky/Herbert¿s trials and tribulations, and they will enjoy hearing about how he deals with his problems. They will be amazed at how lucky Lucky/Herbert really is and then they will realize that they are just as lucky too, the same way I did when I read it. This book would make excellent reading for a child to do on his/her own, or to be read aloud to a group.